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Welcome to Engage, the GI Solutions magazine that provides you with industry news and ideas for your company. Sending your customers information on a card is often necessary, and there are a range of options available to you when choosing a card to mail. On pages 4 and 5 we showcase those options to help you make the right choice for your campaign. Our case study on page 3 discusses how an innovative format drove sales for Sky. Page six contains an update on postage from our specialist Gemma Slade, and on page seven you’ll find details of an exciting new feature of our website, the GI Solutions Knowledge Centre. We hope you enjoy this issue of Engage. All feedback is welcome, so please do not hesitate to send any comments to, or contact me using the details below. Thank you for reading Engage.


Case Study

 How an innovative format drove sales for Sky

4–5 Stack the cards in your favour

 Discover how your company can benefit from printed cards

6–7 News

Includes an update on postage, dates for our seminars as well as news on the latest investment in innovation at GI Solutions

8 Coming soon...

 Change your customers' behaviour

If you need more information, contact me

Yours sincerely,

ROBIN WELCH Managing Director

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INNOVATIVE FORMAT DRIVES SALES FOR SKY CASE STUDY Client Sky Job Name Sky Introduce A Friend Mailing PROJECT OBJECTIVES One of they ways Sky encourages new subscribers is through its Introduce a Friend campaign. This asks customers to forward the details onto a friend who may be interested in the service for a reward.

KEY BENEFITS • Faster speed to market – print on demand

Jodie Gadsby, Marketing Manager, Introduce A Friend (IAF) explains, “Our satisfied customers are one of our best recruitment channels and both the existing customer and the new customer get really well rewarded. But the mechanism for asking them to recommend Sky to a friend has to be easy to use to make sure everyone understands the offer.”

• Reduced production cost – single operation

Sky liked one piece mailer formats and knew having a separate card personalised to the recipient worked really well. To encourage this idea they wanted to include 4 personalised push-out cards. This proved a challenge to design and to ensure it worked well. The marketing team also had a limited budget, wanted to reduce their CPA (Cost per Acquisition), needed to achieve a sales target and had a limited time for turnaround.


PROJECT STRATEGY Jodie continues, “GI Solutions suggested 3 cutter guide options and paper types to meet our requirements. They liaised with our creative agency and Sky Print Management to ensure all the sizes and safety zones were adhered to at artwork stages. They also recommended paper types for the best result.” The format needed to work well on the inline personalisation presses. This method of production gives a fast turnaround as it prints, personalises and finishes in a single operation. This ensured the campaign met a tight deadline. “We really liked the format GI Solutions came up with. It was high impact, clearly showed 4 push out cards and included personalisation. We agreed this format and GI Solutions printed and mailed it.”

• Flexibility – last minute changes can be made

The results were impressive. Jodie continues, “We hit our deadlines, met our budget requirements and delivered a strong campaign for IAF which resulted in increased sales for 6 weeks. We are still accumulating sales but we have seen 995 sales from this campaign. Our CPA’s have dropped by 55% partly due to the improved format.”

“As a team we really enjoy working with GI Solutions, we always seem to get fantastic service and if there are ever any issues, GI Solutions are always quick to respond and help out where needed.” Jodie Gadsby Marketing Manager, Introduce A Friend, Sky

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POSTAGE NEWS RESPONSE SERVICES With effect from 4th November 2013 the following change to the response terms and conditions will take effect, requiring customers to adopt a new style licence number and a barcode for use on letter and large letter mail prices. The old style alpha numeric licences (e.g. LON1234) will no longer be accepted as compliant with the Response Services Licence terms from 7th November. Only licence numbers in the 12 alpha character format (e.g. AAAA-BBBB-CCCC), together with a barcode will be valid form that date. Customers with an alpha number licence number need to apply for a new licence by completing an application form which is located on the Royal Mail website. Visit The Royal Mail website provides an artwork generator to ensure that mail pieces are compliant. Mail presented on the old style alphanumeric licences will be surcharged.

With effect 4th November 2013 Response Services have been updated to allow charities to save on their postage costs when their supporters choose to add a stamp in a designated area of their freepost or business reply items. Full details can be found on For the most up to date information on Postage go to news

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Bonmarché and GI Insight are thrilled to have won the Innovation in Insight-Driven Direct Mail marketing for B2C at the Database Marketing Awards. This award recognises companies who have achieved excellence in consumer-based direct mail marketing. Read the full story at:

To register, go to or hover your phone over this QR barcode to access the website. Download a free code reader app at

'REEL' WINDOW ENVELOPE Customer use of our inline mail pack has been excellent offering as it does flexibility, cost efficiency and quick turnaround.

KNOWLEDGE CENTRE Many customers approach us to ask for advice and information on how they can get the best from Direct Mail and Transactional Mail. To help you get the answers you need fast - and give you access to a wide range of useful resources - we created the Knowledge Centre. Visit: to take a look

As a further enhancement we are now introducing the ability to include a real window - with glassine into an inline mailpack. This further replicates the look and feel of a conventional envelope but with all of the advantages of inline production. For more information and samples of our window mail pack please call 0116 232 1711 or email

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